The challenge students face in the MDC is to demonstrate how they could help one community in one developing country make significant progress toward one of the Millennium Development Goals by spending just $5,000. This is no easy task, and that’s where the “scholarship” part comes in.
For starters, students need to implement their plan for spending the $5,000 They must then demonstrate that they have a realistic plan for spending the $5,000, and must account for each and every dollar. Finally, they must demonstrate to the panel of judges made up of NGO and the business leaders that their plan is sustainable: in other words, their plan must demonstrate a deeper, wider, and longer impact on the Millennium Development Goals than the plan of any other group.
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The group that convinces the panel of judges that they can get the most “bang for their bucks” will actually receive a $5,000 cheque from Global Citizen Kelowna to contribute to an international development agency of their choosing. 2nd place students get $2,000 for the international agency of their choice, and the 3rd, 4th, and 5th place students get $1,000 each for agencies of their choice. Past winners of the MDC told us that they received an incredible sense of empowerment by making a concrete contribution to these urgent social issues in developing countries. And indeed, that’s the goal of MDC organizers: that students would not only become aware of these development issues, but also realized that it is within their ability as young people to have a significant impact in the lives of our global neighbors in developing countries.